Peak trust economics is the dogma that the purpose of economic policy is to optimally encourage mutual cooperation and strongly discourage one-sided cooperate-defect equilibria, such as monopolies and mafia activity. This is implicitly white nationalist because it’s a moral theory which favors the evolutionary strategy of traditional white societies, but it is also a universalist morality because we celebrate and encourage the development of trustworthy societies among the other races. It’s based on these premises:
0. “Us” versus “them” divisions are defined by cui bono, where benefit is defined as success in politically reshaping the environment to favor the evolutionary strategy of one’s phenotype.
0a. A political identity is a group of people whose evolutionary strategy is similar enough, situationally, to encourage cooperation over competition. A political coalition is a group of political identities whose interests and real effects are compatible enough, situationally, to encourage cooperation over competition.
0b. Human awareness of political identities is subconscious and idealistic. For example, Jews don’t have to think very hard about whether they want to self-identify as “white” in a particular situation, they just feel instantly which is more in their immediate self-interest. That said, these intuitions are highly susceptible to influence and propaganda, though this is attenuated by genetic ethnocentrism.
0c. Human awareness of political coalitions is more rational and pragmatic because compatible political identities have separate interests, by the definitions used here. Thus, it is often true that an alliance is good for “us” even though the ally’s interests are not (if their interests were our interests, we would share political identities).
1. Money is a token of trust specifically, not value generally (as is assumed in most economics theories). Currency without faith in what it promises has no value.
1a. The correlates of trust in society, in order of importance, are: mean religiousness, mean intelligence, mean genetic similarity*, mean individual lethality**, and mean freedom of speech.
1b. Peak trust economics optimizes for human capital over material capital, where satisfaction of human desires (as in praxeology) is treated as merely pragmatic to this purpose.
1c. Questions of optimizing human quality versus quantity are decided by which will produce long-term military superiority generally, emphasizing defensive capabilities specifically at a ratio of 2:1.
1d. As rules of thumb (where more is too much and less is not enough):
-The most criminal 2% of each generation ought to be publicly executed.
-The most subversive 2%, as measured by their foreign entanglements, ought to be sent abroad to observe their interests and connections and then quietly assassinated.
-Weighted reproductive success should favor the most militarily useful 60% of men and the 90% of women who produce them. Weighted reproductive success is defined as any distribution of reproduction equivalent to breeding the 6/10 of the best men with 9/10 of the best women at a population rate that optimizes quality and quantity as in 1b.
2. There exists, in each human heart, an Aristotelian mean along Maslow’s hierarchy where high-trust behavior is most strongly encouraged.
2a. Existing at the low end of Maslow’s hierarchy, the immediate threat of starvation and death from exposure, is typically suboptimal. The list of exceptions, such as hunger strikes and religious asceticism, is very short and overlaps with self-actualization.
2b. Existing at the high end, material excess, is also typically suboptimal because it encourages low-trust indulgences, competitive virtue signalling, and antisocial spitefulness. Exceptions correlate with the average religiousness of the upper classes.
3. There exists, in any group of people, an optimal level of material excess and an optimal distribution of wealth for the encouragement of trust. Both empirically and theoretically, we see the optimal distribution follows the 80/20 rule.
3a. Low-ability people will tend to exist lower on Maslow’s hierarchy than is optimal to encourage high-trust behavior. The best stick to discourage their alienation is to enforce law and order, and the best carrot to encourage their buy-in is to afford them dignity through public and private displays of etiquette. They must be especially punished for public displays of disrespect and demands for respect (that is, deference)***.
3b. High-ability people will tend to exist higher on Maslow’s hierarchy than is optimal to encourage high-trust behavior. The best carrot to encourage their buy-in is ritualized sociosexual dominance displays (provided these do not subvert religiousness) and the best stick to discourage their alienation is rigid enforcement of etiquette through the threat of populist rhetoric. They must be especially punished for foreign entanglements.
*Where the average genetic similarity of a group is at the level of third cousins.
**Muh second amendment.
***The modern term for these activities is “flexing”.
1d percentages seem high but possible, especially after any anti-carceral or anti-cop developments.
Historically speaking they’re very high, but most people’s instincts right now are baying for 80% death rates annually.